Long story short, our poor free rangers have been stuck in their coop for about two weeks straight due to the tremendous cold we've been experiencing lately. It appears in this time they've gotten a nasty infestation of mites. It's our first experience with parasites in our flock so I'm a bit clueless (and terrified the more I read). We lost a rooster last night - we found him with frozen feet and he appeared just.... ill. I now realize his feet had been severely damaged by what I'm assuming is scaly leg mites. His feathers were not harmed and none of the birds appear to have them damaging their feathers. You can however see them all over the birds. :-/ Also- hubby forgot to change his shirt after handling the rooster and we are now all itchy and I'm assuming have brought them into the house. Awesome. Anyway- what's my best method of killing these things, taking winter into account? It's not really practical for me to bring 30+ birds one by one into my house for a foot bath. Not to mention putting them back outside in subzero temps after a bath can't be good. Is there anything we can do directly in the coop?? Tea tree oil? DE? Vaseline? If I see them on the tops of the feathers (and we've seen them on the eggs), are they actually scaly leg mites? Any advice appreciated!